Peacock is NBC’s streaming service and it seems to get better every day. This Peacock review explains everything including all the shows and events you can watch with it.
In a hurry? The base Peacock is available for free. If you want to get complete access (including WWE PPV events), it costs a reasonable $4.99/mo. Or $9.99/mo if you want to go ad-free. Sign-up today!
Details About Peacock
Peacock is NBCUniversal’s streaming service. It’s similar to CBS’s Paramount+ in providing a way to stream most of its own content. But unlike that service, it has a free tier.
Since its launch in mid-2020, it has grown substantially with almost 25 million total active accounts and 9 million Premium subscribers. But more than that, it has grown in terms of the content that it provides.
Peacock provides three tiers:
- Base (Free): Provides a large collection of shows and movies that are ad-supported.
- Premium ($4.99/mo): Provides Peacock’s full library of shows, movies, and events. This includes access to full coverage of sporting events like English Premier League soccer, Olympics, and WWE shows and events.
- Premium Plus ($9.99/mo): This is the same as Peacock Premium but without ads for the vast majority of its content. You can also download some of this for offline viewing.
It’s unreasonable to list even a substantial part of the Peacock library because it includes thousands of hours of content. You just need to sign-up and see for yourself. Remember: there’s a free version.
The shows, movies, and events that show up with a white feather on purple background in the upper-left-hand corner are ones you need to pay a subscription for. This is a good way to determine if you need a paid subscription.
Here are some of the Peacock Originals. Note that you can usually watch the first episode with a free account but you must get a Peacock Premium subscription to watch the rest.
- Brave New World
- Rutherford Falls
- Saved by the Bell
- We Are Lady Parts
- Wolf Like Me
Peacock also provides a large library of NBC shows. Some (mostly older) shows like 30 Rock, Columbo, and Murder, She Wrote, and Battlestar Galactica are all available for free.
Other (generally more recent) shows like The Office, Cheers, Downton Abbey, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Parks and Recreation, and Law & Order spin-offs have early episodes or seasons free with later seasons only available with Premium.
You’ll also get next-day and next-week access to current shows like Saturday Night Live, Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and Late Night With Seth Meyers.
Peacock will be more than just TV shows. Many of the most popular movie franchises of all time will find their home on the new NBC streaming service. This includes original movies from Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation. It also provides box office releases from both Universal Pictures and Focus Features.
Some highlights of movies on Peacock include SuperBad, Hitch, The Shawshank Redemption, Cowboys & Aliens, Miss Congeniality, Safe House, and all the Harry Potter films.
Peacock’s sports coverage is what makes a lot of people get the Premium plan. As mentioned before, a lot of EPL matches appear only on this service.
And the coverage of WWE is even better. The WWE Network was shut down and moved to Peacock TV. This not only includes all the shows. It includes every live event, including the Big Five events that you would normally have to get via PPV.
Peacock is also the place to watch the Olympics. The entire event will be streamed there. And after they are over, Peacock will continue to provide coverage for Olympic-style sports and qualifying events.
But there is much more including golf, auto racing, rugby, cycling, and more.
Peacock TV provides support for most streaming devices so you should be able to watch in all the places you are used to. The Peacock app runs on all the following:
- Amazon Fire Tablet
- Amazon Fire TV
- Android Mobile
- Android TV
- Apple TV
- Cox Set Top Boxes
- Hisense Smart TVs
- iOS Devices
- LG Smart TVs
- Samsung Smart TVs
- VIZIO Smart TVs
- Web browsers
- Xbox One and S/X
- Xfinity Set Top Boxes
How much does Peacock cost?
Peacock offers three tiers. There is a lot you can watch for free. But when it comes to newer and original series as well as live sports, you will need to get the ad-supported Premium plan for $4.99 a month. If you hate commercials, you get rid of them (in most cases) with the Premium Plus plan for $9.99 a month.
When did Peacock launch?
Peacock was launched for Comcast customers beginning April 15th, 2020. It was launched for everyone else on July 15th of the same year. Since then, it has been launching in other countries. In late 2021, it begin in the UK and Ireland. At the beginning of 2022, it was moving into Europe with plans for Latin America.
Is Peacock worth it?
Since the base Peacock plan is free, it is certainly worth it. True, you won’t get the most exciting programs but sometimes it is nice to binge on old TV shows. The pay plans are also worth it if you care about the programming. EPL and WWE fans will certainly want to sign up.
Is Peacock better than Hulu?
Hulu has the advantage that it offers a broad selection of content from different companies. It also allows you to upgrade to Hulu + Live TV with Disney+ and ESPN+. But Peacock is cheaper, offers a lot of stuff you can only see there, and provides excellent live sports content. It’s really a toss-up.
Is Peacock better than Netflix?
Netflix is a great streaming service with a lot of exclusive content. Peacock is similar in many ways but distinct. The two streaming services complement each other. But Peacock does have many advantages like its low price and sports programming. But if you want Netflix originals, you need to subscribe to it.
Much the same can be said for Amazon Prime Video although it is increasing its support for live sports and has an incredibly broad range of content. HBO Max is more a hybrid. What ultimately matters is if you want to watch the content that is offered on the streaming service.